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Reopening Merit for Year 10 and 11

Dear Parents


We are fast approaching half term and also the Government’s suggested date of 1st June for year 10 and 11 to return to school for ‘some face to face time’ with teachers. Thank you to those of you who have already been in touch to indicate if your child will or will not be attending.


Merit will only allow pupils to attend when we are confident that we have minimised all the potential risks and prepared the classrooms for socially distanced learning. Currently, we are not expecting students to be able to attend until 8th June at the earliest.


How will we keep your child safe?

Stoke Local Authority has asked schools to go ahead with reopening if they can ensure it is safe to do so. At Merit we have completed a thorough risk assessment and will be taking the following precautions to reduce the risk of staff and pupils contracting Corona Virus.


  • Teaching to take place in ‘bubbles’ with a maximum of 5 pupils and 2 teaching staff in each bubble. Pupils will not mix outside of their bubble to minimise infection risks.
  • All students will be provided with and expected to wear face masks
  • Students will be temperature checked on arrival and will be sent home if their temperature exceeds 37.8. They will wash their hands on entry and at regular intervals throughout the day using the Government’s hand washing guidelines
  • Hand sanitiser will be available outside every classroom for use on entry and exit
  • Students will attend initially for no more than 1 day a week to enable us to socially distance
  • Classrooms will be organised so students sit on individual desks that are 2m apart
  • Students will be expected to wear freshly washed uniform and change when they return home
  • Students will not move around the building and will remain in their classroom. We will not be providing food and drink for pupils although they will have access to a water cooler. Students who are entitled to free school meals will continue to receive grocery boxes delivered to their home.
  • No phones or school bags to be brought into school
  • Additional and thorough cleaning of all classrooms
  • Each student will have their own equipment which will not be shared with anyone else and no exercise books will be sent home


We understand that you will be worried about the risk to your child and we fully respect your decision about whether you think it is safe for them to return to Merit. There will be no attendance prosecutions this academic year and you can choose if and when your child attends.


Home Learning

We will continue to provide home learning for all students who choose to study from home. Your child’s teachers will provide feedback and support just as they have throughout lockdown. Support from our school counsellor Helen Brunt will also continue to be provided remotely.


As always, can I thank you for your support – we will find a safe way through this crisis and ensure that we are successful in moving forward.


Have a great half term holiday. Take care and stay safe.


Mel James

Teacher in Charge